Seated Yoga Guidelines
Remember toilet yoga can be done anytime you are sitting down, whether on the couch or in a chair, or especially when traveling in a car, bus, or airplane.
Be gentle on your body! Start slowly and gently, and stop if it hurts. It should feel like a good, soft stretch. Being consistent breeds flexibility and results. Pushing yourself too hard only brings injuries!
Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Falling off the toilet and hitting your head can be life-threatening, so if you think you can’t do the pose or you might lose your balance, please don’t try the pose, or ask for help from a friend that doesn’t mind the smell.
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that can bring us so much joy.
You’re on the toilet, waiting for something to happen. you’re bored. Maybe even flat out angry!
Well, this Toilet Yoga move can make a boring sitting worth your while!
Ankle Grabs are going to push the hip joint into “internal rotation.” This is great for hip pain and arthritis, but may be a little uncomfortable at first. Be gentle!! Remember, consistency, not brute force. Just be gentle.
IMPORTANT: If you have a hip replacement, do NOT do this exercise!! It can dislocate your hip!!
(If you have your original hips, you have nothing to worry about)
Toilet Yoga: Ankle Grabs
- Bend your right knee. Reach down with your right hand and grab your ankle.
- Do the same with your left side.
- Take 3 deep breaths.
- Let go and wiggle out your hips.
If you are not flexible enough, or not balanced enough:
- Plant your feet firmly on the floor about shoulder width apart.
- Squeeze your knees together and hold it for 3 breaths.
- Let go, wiggle it out, and repeat.
Simple, right? Do it! Enjoy.
Cheers to hip joints and toilets,
P.S. Alright! It may seem silly, but toilet yoga really works! Just do 1 pose for 1 minute every time you sit on the toilet. The easiest one or the one you like the most. You’re sitting there anyway! 😉
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